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  1. BREAKING NEWS: SOME BOYS LIKE PINK and THAT SCARES FOX NEWS! « SCATX: Speaker's Corner in the ATX

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  2. Florence
    Florence April 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm |

    Although my son never showed any interest in nail polish, my nephew loved it. His father, my BIL, thought it was disgusting, so I of course corrupted the kid by painting his toenails like he wanted in the privacy of the bathroom, and he wore little socks over his feet to disguise the debauchery. The little guy is now a giant 6’3″ beast who plays college football, so clearly this didn’t mess up his heteronormative masculinity one bit.

    Sidenote: Even though I’m broke (and pregnant anyway), I’m the tiniest bit obsessed with the J. Crew catalog. The Winter 2011 catalog almost has me convinced that I can wear rhinestones with office wear.

  3. broken
    broken April 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

    Doesn’t J. Crew make some decent mens clothes too… or does that not count.

  4. Natalia
    Natalia April 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

    Jenna is clearly a horrible parent. My kid will wear combat boots and watch pro-wrestling starting at day one. Sweaty men in spandex scoff at pink nail polish.

  5. Kira
    Kira April 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

    Fox News has a followup by Dr. Keith Ablow: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/11/j-crew-plants-seeds-gender-identity/

    “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” [my word choice] is not known.”

    And, in a stunning display of transphobia, “Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth, can throw our species into real psychological turmoil—not to mention crowding operating rooms with procedures to grotesquely amputate body parts?”

  6. Florence
    Florence April 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm |

    Natalia: My kid will wear combat boots and watch pro-wrestling starting at day one. Sweaty men in spandex scoff at pink nail polish.

    …but love self-tanner and eyeliner. Exceptions!

  7. Kathleen
    Kathleen April 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

    come on ya’ll. Remember how everyone laughed at the right wing alarum about that purple teletubby with the purse being an advance weeble for the gay agenda? and now everyone is queer just like they said. QED mah peeps, Q.E.D.

  8. Natalia
    Natalia April 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

    …but love self-tanner and eyeliner. Exceptions!

    And everyone who scoffs at their eyeliner will get their ass kicked – and I suspect the Media Research Council knows this.

  9. Nahida
    Nahida April 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm |

    I totally used to put make up on my brother when we were little. He would run to the mirror to see how pretty he looked. Then he would run back to me and accuse me of being unskilled.

  10. Julie
    Julie April 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm |

    Hah! I didn’t realize my son was transgendered. He is currently sitting in my living room with purple toenail polish on. He is also 4 and very much insistent that he is a boy. In fact, he was explaining to me the other day all the stuff he couldn’t do because he’s a boy and “boys don’t do that”. Now, we talked about how that was silly and how boys and girls don’t have separate activities or things that they can say/wear, but he is definitely aware of the fact that he is a boy. A boy who likes nail polish, and who wants his ears pierced so he can wear gummi worm earrings like his big sister.

  11. Nahida
    Nahida April 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm |

    Jenna’s indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future.

    Victim-blaming bullshit. HIS LIFE WILL BE HARD SO YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT, instead of blaming the people who make it that way.

  12. Kate
    Kate April 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm |

    I once painted my ballet-watching, home-cleaning husband’s toenails blue. He thought it was cute, and someone at the gym started giving him shit about it. His response: “I’m a manly street biker in the city, this will help my wife identify my body at the morgue if I’m run over by some asshole in an SUV.”

    I love my husband.

  13. scrumby
    scrumby April 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm |

    Kira:
    Fox News has a followup by Dr. Keith Ablow: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/11/j-crew-plants-seeds-gender-identity/

    “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” [my word choice] is not known.”

    And, in a stunning display of transphobia, “Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth, can throw our species into real psychological turmoil—not to mention crowding operating rooms with procedures to grotesquely amputate body parts?”

    Dear Dr. Ablow,
    There are those of us in the trans community that do learn to be comfortable with the bodies we are born in without heavy modification. We don’t insist on pronoun changes or special bathrooms and we don’t clutter your plastic surgery wings with more optional procedures. We demand very little of you in this issue…and then pieces of shit like you turn around and use that lack of demands as an excuse to push us all the harder into those preset gender roles spelled out in our birth certificates because if I really don’t like wearing makeup, I should have had that mastectomy.

  14. Lynne
    Lynne April 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm |

    Kathleen: ome on ya’ll. Remember how everyone laughed at the right wing alarum

  15. alyson
    alyson April 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm |

    I am so thoroughly amused by the notion that painting a kid’s nails is messing with his gender identity. I mean, it’s a bit of colour on his toe; masculinity can’t be that fragile, can it?

  16. ks
    ks April 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm |

    Victim-blaming bullshit. HIS LIFE WILL BE HARD SO YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT, instead of blaming the people who make it that way.

    This reminds me of the crap I used to get from well-meaning (and some not so well meaning) relatives before I got married to my totally not white immigrant husband. Because my poor not-white, obviously interracial kids would have a hard life due to my decision to mix my lily white genes with some brown ones.

    Back on topic, my almost 6 year old son loves to have his toenails painted. We have sparkly blue and green and black, because those are the colors he picked. He also wants some sparkly green hair clips, to use as paper clips because he thinks mine are cool. The only time my husband had a fit about any of it was the time A wanted to be like mommy and I painted his toes red–the husband didn’t know I’d done it and thought he was bleeding and had a bit of a freak out. So I’ve had to promise not to let him have red toes anymore.

  17. Bijan Parsia
    Bijan Parsia April 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm |

    A friend reminded me that J. Crew isn’t the best organization overall and pointed me to e.g., the Saipan sweatshop settlement.

    With high recruitment fees and intense restrictions on their basic human rights (many of them are required to sign contracts that restrict them from religious expression, union organization, quitting their jobs and marrying/falling in love), the foreign workers are allegedly forced into a type of indentured servitude. They have to work in the garment factories to pay off the huge loans they took out to pay the bond to get to Saipan, but the wages they earn once they arrive are far from what they were promised. An eight-month investigation in Saipan completed by the Global Survival Network found extensive evidence of ‘human trafficking’ on the island. The report of their findings, released May 24, also detailed the plight of many women who were lured to Saipan with promises of employment in factories or restaurants, only to find themselves forced to work in sex clubs, another booming business there.

    It’s complicated, per usual :(

  18. auditorydamage
    auditorydamage April 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    Dear Dr. Ablow:

    Fuck you.

    Love and warm pink fuzzies!
    -a cismale who gives less than a shit about… whatever the fuck ginned-up transphobic garbage you’re on about.

  19. Sophist
    Sophist April 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

    Kira:
    Fox News has a followup by Dr. Keith Ablow: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/11/j-crew-plants-seeds-gender-identity/

    “Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth…”

    Huh, I didn’t know gender was genetic. I guess you ladies must come down the birth canal clutching a bottle of nail polish and a pair of stilettos or something. Live and learn.

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  21. Erica
    Erica April 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    When I was a young boy my father made sure I knew that any love and support was directly proportional to me being straight and masculine, just like his parents did to him. I mean sure I spent 20+ years on the verge of suicide before I admitted to myself that I am a kinky bisexual trans woman but imagine if he had done something cruel and unforgivable, like letting me paint my toes as a kid, that could have really messed me up.
    (for bonus points my father is gay now)

  22. outrageandsprinkles
    outrageandsprinkles April 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm |

    OH SNAP. I loaned my boyfriend my nail polish so he could paint his toes once. I had no idea I have been dating a transgendered person since then.

  23. pink daisy
    pink daisy April 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm |

    It never ceases to amaze me how fragile the male gender is…

  24. PG
    PG April 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

    Little boys notice the females around them are wearing shiny bright stuff and they want to participate. One of my cousins would feel left out when my sisters and I were getting dressed up for parties, so to make him happy we’d put him in a frilly dress, paint his nails and put sparkly clips in his hair. He looked adorable and loved it.

    Then he went through the phase of needing to assert his masculinity and would be embarrassed when we’d tell him how much we envied his long eyelashes. But by the time he graduated from high school, he thought those old dress-up pictures were great, he’d figured out his lashes helped him get girls, and the only thing he hated to be teased about was his early male-pattern balding.

  25. cat
    cat April 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm |

    Wait, painting toenails is how to turn people queer? I must have been doing it wrong when I painted my brother’s and cousin’s toenails then. But maybe it worked on me, you know, one for four or five? Oops, forgot I was female assigned at birth. Must of been my ninja turtle van what did it.

  26. Aatish
    Aatish April 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm |

    pink daisy:
    It never ceases to amaze me how fragile the male gender is…

    Can you say misandry, sexist and a sweeping stereotype?

  27. Bijan Parsia
    Bijan Parsia April 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm |

    Aatish: Can you say misandry, sexist and a sweeping stereotype?

    A more charitable reading would take pink daisy’s comment as ironically referring to the Media Research Council’s conception of male gender which surely seems rather fragile. FWIW.

  28. Mandolin
    Mandolin April 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm |

    Male gender in that comment clearly refers to masculinity not to “all members of the male gender.”

    Can you say “ginned-up outrage,” “trolling,” and “lack of reading comprehension?”

  29. paraxeni
    paraxeni April 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm |

    @cat – yep, used to do my younger brother’s (enviably curly) hair, dress him in my clothes, put make up and perfume on him, and parade him around as “my cousin Alexandra”. How queer it is then, that I’m the bender of the family, and that he is so straight he’s almost a fucking stereotype. I only wish I could have dented his precious man-essence with my femme-rays, I might have ended up with a brother I could tolerate for more than microseconds.

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  31. Lara Emily Foley
    Lara Emily Foley April 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm |

    scrumby: Dear Dr. Ablow,
    There are those of us in the trans community that do learn to be comfortable with the bodies we are born in without heavy modification. We don’t insist on pronoun changes or special bathrooms and we don’t clutter your plastic surgery wings with more optional procedures. We demand very little of you in this issue…and then pieces of shit like you turn around and use that lack of demands as an excuse to push us all the harder into those preset gender roles spelled out in our birth certificates because if I really don’t like wearing makeup, I should have had that mastectomy.

    scrumby: Dear Dr. Ablow,
    There are those of us in the trans community that do learn to be comfortable with the bodies we are born in without heavy modification. We don’t insist on pronoun changes or special bathrooms and we don’t clutter your plastic surgery wings with more optional procedures. We demand very little of you in this issue…and then pieces of shit like you turn around and use that lack of demands as an excuse to push us all the harder into those preset gender roles spelled out in our birth certificates because if I really don’t like wearing makeup, I should have had that mastectomy.

    Something irks me about this comment. I don’t like how it seems to imply that having GRS and asking for a change of pronouns is some sort of tasking demand. Almost like you feel the need to distance yourself, I’m not one of those transpeople. If I am misinterpreting I appologize in advance

  32. A.Y. Siu
    A.Y. Siu April 12, 2011 at 12:20 am |

    Are these the same right-wing a-holes who claim that gender identity is genetic anyway and not the product of socialization? If men are naturally masculine and follow traditional gender roles as part of nature, then why would it matter if you painted their nails? Methinks they doth protest way too f’in much.

  33. Valerie
    Valerie April 12, 2011 at 12:33 am |

    The only people who will make life harder for this little boy are the people who espouse such intolerant and narrow worldviews and their unfortunate spawn, should they be successfully brainwashed by their parents.

  34. Aatish
    Aatish April 12, 2011 at 12:56 am |

    Bijan Parsia: A more charitable reading would take pink daisy’s comment as ironically referring to the Media Research Council’s conception of male gender which surely seems rather fragile. FWIW.

    Agreed. I concede to your point.

    Mandolin: Male gender in that comment clearly refers to masculinity not to “all members of the male gender.”Can you say “ginned-up outrage,” “trolling,” and “lack of reading comprehension?”

    Actually I can’t say “ginned-up outrage” and “trolling”. But you are right about the “lack of reading comprehension”

  35. norbizness
    norbizness April 12, 2011 at 7:51 am |

    So this brings my total reasons to shop at J. Crew from zero to one?

  36. Steve
    Steve April 12, 2011 at 8:18 am |

    You know J Crew is probably swamped with Fox News viewers attacking their inboxes with hate mail. I just dropped off a “Thank You” letter so they’d know they have some support. Their e-mail is

  37. Frowner
    Frowner April 12, 2011 at 8:29 am |

    J Crew also did one of those “ten women who are all thin, mostly white and all lighter-skinned style some pants in different ways” web pages a month or so ago….where there was a butch preppie woman! Seriously, wearing men’s loafers from the men’s section, and a blazer and button-down and a butch cut and everything. I recognize that this is assimilationist, that J Crew’s labor practices aren’t the best and that they don’t make clothes for fat folks because it would dilute the brand…and yet, they included a really, really visibly queer woman like that was just the most normal thing in the world. I felt…conflicted. I also toyed with the idea of thrifting a pair of loafers.

  38. anna
    anna April 12, 2011 at 11:20 am |

    There’s nothing wrong with being gay or trans. And a little boy who enjoys feminine things is not more likely to be gay or trans, anyway. I really think it is misogynistic for people to be horrified when a little boy wants to wear pink nail polish or do something else associated with girls. Doesn’t he know he should hate anything associated with icky, worthless females? Sigh.

  39. Lemur
    Lemur April 12, 2011 at 11:23 am |

    The people complaining about pink nail polish obviously never had older sisters. My sister and I painted my brothers toes all the time when we were little. We also put him in dresses for when we played games. My brother turned out just like any other teenage boy, except he’s been known to rock a pink tie with his suit.

  40. scrumby
    scrumby April 12, 2011 at 11:27 am |

    Lara Emily Foley:
    Something irks me about this comment. I don’t like how it seems to imply that having GRS and asking for a change of pronouns is some sort of tasking demand. Almost like you feel the need to distance yourself, I’m not one of those transpeople. If I am misinterpreting I appologize in advance

    That post was largely sarcastic. That line about “cluttering up plastic surgery wings etc.” was approaching the issue from Dr. Ablows’ ‘transfolk are such a burden on society and by society I mean me’ perspective. My point was even if you ask for very little in regards to gender, you are still subject to the pressure to conform to preset gender roles often with the hypocritical stance that if you were reeaallly trans you’d be on the path to GRS.

    Personally I realized when it comes to my own gender presentation and happiness I could get by on the outer fringes of the cis world with little issue which is why I choose to stand with my trans brethren. It’s the people farther out who take the biggest risks, incur the biggest losses, and are the most vulnerable of our community and abandoning them because my path is easier is the worst kind of fair-weather friend.

  41. Donna L
    Donna L April 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

    scrumby, I’m glad you clarified, because your earlier comment bothered me too. (Perhaps because there are indeed self-identified trans and genderqueer people who like to position themselves as being more enlightened than — and superior to — trans people who have body dysphoria and need and want to transition physically as well as socially.)

    As for this comment:

    “Are these the same right-wing a-holes who claim that gender identity is genetic anyway and not the product of socialization?”

    Thanks for being disrespectful to a whole lot of trans people who very much believe there’s a genetic (or at least biological) component to gender identity, and are neither right-wing nor a-holes. Everyone always says this place is pretty much a sea of ignorance about trans issues, and posts like this convince me that everyone is right.

  42. Mimi
    Mimi April 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm |

    My nephew is 4 – he loves having his nails painted (though not his sucky finger) loves putting glitter on his face, loves hair clips & bows, loves playing dress-up, loves keys, loves trains (twains,) loves cars, loves stuffed animals, his favorite song is Roy G. Biv by They Might Be Giants. It’s almost like he’s a person! (His favorite color does flit back and forth between pink and orange, though.) Gender essentialism drives me nuts.

  43. Lara Emily Foley
    Lara Emily Foley April 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm |

    scrumby: That post was largely sarcastic. That line about “cluttering up plastic surgery wings etc.” was approaching the issue from Dr. Ablows’ ‘transfolk are such a burden on society and by society I mean me’ perspective. My point was even if you ask for very little in regards to gender, you are still subject to the pressure to conform to preset gender roles often with the hypocritical stance that if you were reeaallly trans you’d be on the path to GRS.

    Personally I realized when it comes to my own gender presentation and happiness I could get by on the outer fringes of the cis world with little issue which is why I choose to stand with my trans brethren. It’s the people farther out who take the biggest risks, incur the biggest losses, and are the most vulnerable of our community and abandoning them because my path is easier is the worst kind of fair-weather friend.

    :) Glad I misinterpreted

    I apologize

  44. Jackie
    Jackie April 13, 2011 at 12:03 am |

    What about having boys wear dark nail polish, I think that’s somewhat acceptable now right?

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  46. Tim
    Tim April 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    Sort of off-topic, but this line jumped out at me:

    … favorite affordable line of first lady Michelle Obama

    I don’t know if the MRC are quoting the First Lady’s characterization of J. Crew or putting words in her mouth. But was anybody else struck by the privilege embedded in describing J. Crew as “affordable”?

  47. Florence
    Florence April 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |

    My new favorite blog (which isn’t explicitly capital-F feminist, but is smart and timely and typically feminist-friendly) sez:

    The point of the ad is the mother. What the mother is doing and what she is reflecting and modelling relative to the mothers perusing the catalog.

    This is a J.Crew catalog. The crappy striped shirt is $65. The sunglasses the boy is playing with on the catalog page are $450…

    In an editorial, Fox News resident psychiatrist, and Glenn Beck writing partner, Keith Ablow writes of the ad, “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” is not known.”

    Looking at the mother in that photo, I do not get the impression that she would ever “abandon all trappings” of anything, especially gender identity.

    What mainstream conservative opinion gets wrong (and consequently where feminist criticism of this position is led astray) is that this is not an ad about what is acceptable for boys. It’s not an ad that reflects the loosening of values or cultural mores. This is an ad about what is acceptable for mothers to do with and to their children. What rules and boundaries they can set and even what the rules are for playing with those boundaries. And all this is specifically targeted to the the mothers who are prime targets for the $450 sunglasses on offer in the catalog.

    …This is fun. We are having fun now. She is teaching him that it’s fun and good when mommy dresses him up, tells him what to wear, tells him that painting toenails is silly, etc. She’s imprinting herself on/as his superego. The message she is sending the boy is not, “painting boys’ toenails is okay” the message she is sending the boy is “painting boys toenails is silly and funny because boys don’t paint their toenails only girls do so if boys do it they are being silly and trying to get people to laugh”. This rule will form part of the boys superego. Will he wear toenail polish casually as part of his style? No. Because toenail polish on boys is enforced in his mind as something silly. Will he dress in drag as a silly halloween costume? Yes.

    Ablow has it precisely backwards when he writes “increasingly, this includes the truth that it is unwise to dress little girls like miniature adults.” Wrong. The ad is saying precisely that it is good and right for moms to obsess over their children’s dress and dictate what they wear. That has to be the message of the ad, because the ad is trying to sell extremely expensive children’s clothes to their mothers. Their mothers have to get the message that the obsessiveness that they apply to selecting their own dress is appropriate and right for their children. Otherwise, those mothers won’t be buying their kids’ clothes from the same place they buy their own.

    This feels more right to me. J. Crew isn’t “affordable” unless you’re of a particular social class, or aspire to be. This picture is attempting to sell a lifestyle, it isn’t meant to be propaganda promoting “gender-confusion” or trans* acceptance or even to really play with social mores at all.

    Like the post at the link says, this is reinforcing a gender stereotype that is already in effect: boys wearing girl stuff is silly. You’d think Ablow would fucking applaud.

  48. timberwraith
    timberwraith April 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm |

    Donna L said:

    As for this comment:

    “Are these the same right-wing a-holes who claim that gender identity is genetic anyway and not the product of socialization?”

    Thanks for being disrespectful to a whole lot of trans people who very much believe there’s a genetic (or at least biological) component to gender identity, and are neither right-wing nor a-holes. Everyone always says this place is pretty much a sea of ignorance about trans issues, and posts like this convince me that everyone is right.

    I actually laughed when I read A.Y. Siu’s comment. I’m transgender and I didn’t feel disrespected at all. The rest of his/her comment says:

    If men are naturally masculine and follow traditional gender roles as part of nature, then why would it matter if you painted their nails? Methinks they doth protest way too f’in much.

    S/he’s pointing out the inconsistencies in social conservatives’ logic and nothing more. Social conservatives often believe that masculinity and femininity are inflexible, absolute constructions of nature/god. If that were actually true, then what does it matter if guys paint their nails? They’ll wind up being masculine anyway. After all, you can’t beat nature (or divine will)!

    Besides, I can’t even tell from A.Y. Siu’s joking comment where s/he stands on the nature vs. nurture kerfuffle. *shurg*

    Also, just for the record, transgender people are not a monolith. Not all of us believe that biology forms the sole/main set of forces behind our identities. I’m a trans woman (I transitioned quite a while ago, if that matters) and I’m not convinced that my own identity is the result of biology. I have very clear memories of my childhood and the shifting of my own sex identity through those years. Maybe biology played a role to some degree. Maybe it didn’t. It doesn’t matter because there was a very specific chain of events that lead me to become who I am. Were those events significantly different, I might still identify as a guy. I’m glad that I’m not a guy because I cherish my experiences as a woman, but nevertheless, my life could have been quite different. If Marty McFly pulled up in a time-traveling DeLorean, I’d tell him to get lost. :)

    So, I don’t think that folks believing that sex/gender identity is a product of socialization are automatically being disrespectful toward trans folks. If they claim that our identities are any less real or “natural” than cis people, then yes, they’re being disrespectful. Even if everyone’s identities (cis and trans alike) as men, women, or neither/in-between are solely products of socialization, that doesn’t change the fact that someone is being a cissexist asshole when they claim trans identities are unworthy of as much respect as cis identities.

    The nature vs. nurture debate isn’t going to go away anytime soon. One’s position on that issue doesn’t necessarily indicate one’s level of acceptance toward trans folks. In fact, I can easily imagine cis proponents of either side of the argument trying to exploit transgender people’s identities in crappy ways in order to support their respective theories. Just don’t make us casualties in the wider discussion of the issue and everything will be fine.

    Now, lets move on to easier topics like freewill vs. determinism and the existence of god… ;)

  49. ~s~
    ~s~ April 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm |

    Not only is Beckett likely to change his favorite color as early as tomorrow…

    See, that’s the beauty of nail polish. If his favourite colour changes tomorrow, Jenna can take the polish off and repaint the nails the new colour! It’s never-ending fun!

  50. timberwraith
    timberwraith April 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm |

    Oh, I forgot to mention my own reaction to this advertisement.

    When I realized that the kid in the picture was a boy, I smiled. Given how gender/sex segregated toys, clothing, play activities, and virtually everything else is in little kids’ worlds, I think this ad is absolutely wonderful. I won’t hold my breath, but I’m hoping for more ads like this one as time goes on.

    I remember the gender straightjacket that my parents and my peers tried to foist upon me when I was a little kid. I broke down and conformed for far too many years of my childhood. It was an incredibly damaging experience.

    So, yay for ads with gender-bendy kids!

  51. rengeko
    rengeko April 14, 2011 at 11:07 am |

    and is that the keith ablow that wrote the clevenger series? if so, i guess i’m dumping them too.

  52. Sojourner
    Sojourner April 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm |

    Saying “J Crew’s labor practices aren’t the best” is putting it really really mildly. I would also add “they don’t have a single non-white model on their website” and “they don’t have petites for most styles” to reasons I won’t be shopping there.

  53. Lila
    Lila April 15, 2011 at 11:47 am |

    Support J-Crew? I’d love to. Oh wait, I can’t. I’m not thin enough to be worthy of their clothes, so they’re not cool enough to be worthy of my cash and/or support. My mistake. Perhaps when they learn to count past 16 (which they turn into a special size all by itself, because well, 16 isn’t fat enough to be totally worthless, but isn’t thin enough to be as worthy as other sizes, and we don’t want people to think of us as a fat store), I will support the fact that they can count past 2 and are therefore subverting the gender binary.

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